US detects 'highly unusual' North Korean submarine activity

US detects 'highly unusual' North Korean submarine activity

An ejection test examines a missile’s “cold-launch system,” which uses high pressure steam to propel a missile out of the launch canister into the air before its engines ignite, preventing damage to the submarine or submersible barge that would launch the missile. Carried out on land at Sinpo Naval Shipyard, Sunday’s ejection test is the third time this month — and fourth this year — that North Korea has conducted a trial of the missile component that is critical to developing submarine launch capabilities, according to the US defense official….

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Diana reigns over reality upstarts

Diana reigns over reality upstarts

THE BLOCK drew first blood in the new prime-time ratings battle against Australian Survivor on Sunday night, but it was Seven’s documentary about Princess Diana’s life that reigned supreme. Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, which featured emotional interviews with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, topped the charts for Seven’s Sunday Night program with 1.3 million viewers across the five capital cities. It left Ten’s Survivor launch flailing with just 639,000 metro viewers, including 116,000 from Brisbane, which was down 18 per cent on the Rio Olympics-affected…

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Di Grassi claims world title as champion Buemi crumbles

Di Grassi claims world title as champion Buemi crumbles

Story highlights Lucas di Grassi takes Formula E title A win and seventh place in Montreal Disastrous weekend for Sebastien Buemi Audi Sport’s di Grassi finished seventh in the second of two races in the Canadian City, enough to secure the title ahead of a Buemi, who could only manage 11th. France’s Jean-Eric Vergne took the victory, the first in Formula E for his Techeetah team, with Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) in second place to claim third in the overall standings. Di Grassi, who had finished third in the…

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Luke Wyllie hurt in surfing accident

Luke Wyllie hurt in surfing accident

PROMINENT Perth developer and keen big wave surfer Luke Wyllie is in hospital tonight with a suspected fractured neck after suffering an horrific wipe-out while surfing in WA’s North West. Although details were sketchy, it is understood Mr Wyllie came to grief when surfing a big swell at a famed yet notorious left-hand reef break known as Gnaraloo, 120km north of Carnarvon. The father of two had to be evacuated out of the remote location before he was flown to Royal Perth Hospital for medical treatment. A RPH spokeswoman confirmed…

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Australian dollar hits US80c again ahead of Reserve Bank meeting

Australian dollar hits US80c again ahead of Reserve Bank meeting

Updated August 01, 2017 09:09:44 Photo: With interest rates almost certainly on hold at today’s RBA meeting, most interest will focus on the tone of the governor’s statement. (AAP: Joel Carrett) The Australian share market is headed for a weak start when the ASX opens for trading. Market snapshot at 8:00am (AEST): ASX SPI 200 futures flat at 5,660, ASX 200 (Monday close) +0.3pc at 5,721 AUD: 80.00 US cents, 60.55 British pence, 67.56 euro cents, 88.21 Japanese yen, NZ$1.07 US: Dow Jones +0.3pc at 21,891, S&P 500 -0.1pc at…

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